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: Actor Laura Gardner on Collabortion between Actors and Directors
Advice for Directors
Laura Gardner’s commanding experience
acting for stage, screen and television has allowed her to collaborate with a long list of directors. “I love a director,” she says, “who plays with me, goes along and suggests fun choices, who has a positive outlook and brings joy to the work… I appreciate a director who comes in with a plan but is flexible enough to be open to new possibilities. I appreciate a director who respects my journey and who leads the team.”
Gardner has spent 15 years teaching acting on the faculty of the Howard Fine Acting Studio
in Hollywood. She also teaches a class for actors with disabilities for California’s Media Access Office.
With this background, she certainly knows something about working with actors. We asked her about the most effective approach an emerging filmmaker can take to draw out a fine performance from the actors on a project. She says, “Actors need specificity, clarity, support. The more an actor feels trusted and in a collaboration, the better the performance.”READ MORE...